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(lips graphic via Creature Comforts)

For the longest time I wasn’t much of a beauty girl, but I feel like I’m slowly starting to come around. I still consider myself generally clueless when it comes to makeup, but there are two areas of the beauty world that I have a particular interest in- nails and lips. You guys already know about my nail polish addiction, so I won’t ramble on again about that, but I’ve only been into lip products for the past couple of years. I remember the first time I wore lipstick outside of my house I was terrified! I seriously thought that everyone was staring at me and I felt quite self-conscious. I’m a lot better at that now and I love how a red lip can really punch up a simple outfit. I’m still pretty wimpy about it when it comes to wearing it to work though- I feel like it will draw too much attention? Who knows, I might make a mini-challenge for myself to wear lipstick to work for a week!

Anyway, all this is to say that there are a few products that have caught my eye recently. I discovered that I’m really into beauty videos on youtube at the moment and I watched a lot of them this past weekend. First up, we have the Julep Freedom Top Coat. Recently, my Seche Vite (which I loved) got really thick and goopy- not cute. I heard that this happens with Seche Vite, but it’s still annoying because I have more than half of the bottle left. Luckily, I had this Julep top coat on hand and decided it was the perfect opportunity to try it. It’s supposed to be a gel top coat and last a couple of weeks as gels usually do. I can’t tell you how long it lasts yet because I change my nail polish so often, but as far as shininess and smoothing out the underlying polish, this top coat works really well. It also dries really fast, which I’m quite pleased about. I think this might be my new go-to top coat!

Many of the beauty blogs I read have been buzzing about the new NARS Satin Lip Pencils. After reading and watching reviews about them and hearing how many people raved about them, I had to add them to my wishlist. Well, it turns out I couldn’t wait to try NARS lip pencils- after a bit of research, I purchased the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl. I’ve been looking for a new matte red that doesn’t dry out my lips or crumble after a couple hours of wear and I hope this one will do the trick!

Another lip product I want to try is a lipstick from the Maybelline Color Sensational Vivids line. I love how pigmented the colors are. I feel like some bright colors can easily look garish against my skin, but I’ve seen swatches of these and I think they just might work for my skin tone! I’ve been searching for a pink lipstick for a while and based on the picture online, I think I might love this one. However, I won’t truly know how it looks until I can find it in a store and try it for myself.

Tell me: Are there any beauty products you’ve been loving lately? Also, let me know if you have any beauty blog recommendations!

On Nnenna’s Nails #28: Green Ombré

Green Ombre Nails

Green Ombre Nails


Left to Right: Essie Grow Faster Base Coat // Julep Susie// Nails Inc. Haymarket // NYC Tudor City Teal
Julep Emilie // Forever 21 Green (old, but this color is similar) // Seche Vite Top Coat // Sephora by OPI Quick Dry Spray (I LOVE this product!)

I’ve been meaning to try this style of ombré manicure for a while and last Sunday I gave it a go. I finally accumulated enough different shades of green for this to work (side note: you guys, I have so many polishes in the mint green family- that’s how obsessed I am with that color!) There’s no technique involved here- I just painted each nail with a different shade of green. I feel like this is perfect for spring because it reminds me of green things growing!

Nails on the Runway- Fall 2013

Nails on the Runway Collage 1

Well it’s become a little bit of a tradition for me to feature my favorite manicures from the NYFW runway each season. Without further ado, here they are!

Nails on the Runway Collage 1

1. Suno by Rococo Nails (image)- This gold leaf flake manicure is so delightfully decadent.

2. Creatures of the Wind by CND Nails (image)- I love the artistic little squiggles and that they did the same design in several different base colors (click here to see what I’m talking about).

Nails on the Runway Collage 2

3. Ruffian by MAC Cosmetics (image)- I love when manicurists play with texture. These nails are covered with small pieces of fishnet fabric!

4. La Perla by Butter London (image)- The most chic half-moon manicure I’ve seen- this color combination of nude and black is perfect.

Nails on the Runway Collage 3

5. Kate Spade by Deborah Lippmann (image)- I love the look of studs at the base of the nails (although I wish they weren’t quite so long)!

6. Nicholas K by Red Carpet Manicure (image)- Understated glitter and cool gray is so effortlessly chic.

Nails on the Runway Collage 4

7. Prabal Gurung by Sally Hansen (image)- I love this nail design because you can recreate it at home. The military inspired colors are great as well- army green with gold underneath.

8. Rebecca Minkoff by Essie (image)- This is psychedelic and pretty awesome. It’s been dubbed “the oil slick mani”- click here to see how it’s done!

Nails on the Runway Collage 5

9. Tracy Reese by Sally Hansen (image)- Here’s another pretty manicure that I’d like to tackle at home and I can’t wait until that teal is available for purchase.

10. Whit by Kiss (image)- How great are these nail decals? I love the swirly gold designs across the black base.